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11 best foods for healthy hair

Whether you’re wanting to prevent hair loss or support healthier, shinier locks, it can often feel like you need to fork out a small fortune on expensive hair products and treatments.

However, good nutrition is just as important. Eating a well-balanced diet high in vitamins and nutrients is essential to help boost hair, skin and nail health.

We speak to dietitian, Dr Carrie Ruxton about the best foods to eat to make your hair thick, strong and shiny, whatever the weather:

1. To help hair grow: dairy

Cottage cheese and yoghurt are great easy ways to get important proteins like casein and whey into your diet. As hair is made up mostly of proteins, this macronutrient is essential for both growth and strength.

‘Dairy proteins are high biological value which means they contain all of the amino acids – protein building blocks – that the human body needs,’ says Dr

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What Is The Difference Between Vitamins And Supplements?

Our body is a very complex mechanism, and like a machine, it needs to be fuelled to continue to run as intended. The primary fuel the body needs to function appropriately is food, and not just any food, but good and healthy food. Usually, the body makes the necessary vitamins to keep us in excellent health, but it makes them in insufficient quantities. Food is meant to supplement the vitamins in the body, anddietary supplements are intended to add to or increase the benefits we get from eating healthily.

What are vitamins?

They are organic compounds that are essential for good health. A deficiency in the number ofvitamins the body should have will lead to a myriad of diseases. Vitamin D deficiency causes pain in the joints and bone, along with extreme fatigue. A deficiency in vitamin B-12 causes heart palpitations, constipation, muscle weakness, and even depression.

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Looks Out For Health Care Workers: Homewood-Flossmoor Hero

a woman smiling for the camera: Diane Creal, hero.

© Courtesy of Thomas Creal
Diane Creal, hero.

HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR, IL — When times are tough, heroes emerge. We all know someone who’s making a difference right now as we live through unprecedented and changing times.

Here at Patch, we’ve launched an initiative to help recognize these heroes making a difference in their communities. Together with Ring, we’re working to let all your neighbors know about these outstanding people and their stories.

This submission comes from Thomas Creal who nominated Diane Creal of the Homewood-Flossmoor area. Thomas and Diane are married and Thomas said Diane looks out for heath care workers.

Name: Diane Creal

State: IL

Home town: Homewood-Flossmoor

Hero’s job: Health Care

Relationship to nominee: My wife

Reason for recognition: Every day she manages the team that cares for patients in Cook

County Healthcare System.

One thing to know: Looks out for the heath care workers.

Submitter name: Thomas Creal

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Yakima Valley fitness center, gym owners frustrated by prolonged COVID-19 closure | Local

In early March, Dana Ward was ready to open StarCycle, a boutique indoor cycling studio in Yakima.

She had planned a grand opening for the first week of April, with 22 free classes over four days. She knew there was strong demand, as all the classes were full weeks in advance.

Then Yakima County reported its first two cases of COVID-19.

“By mid-March, I knew that (opening) wasn’t going to happen,” Ward said.

In April, she started doing classes on Instagram and offered bike rentals for a nominal fee. She also worked on an opening plan that would implement safety measures, including deep sanitation and social distancing.

Nearly six months later, Ward is still waiting to open StarCycle. With no revenue, she has been covering expenses with personal funds.

“It’s so disheartening to have to sit back and wait and have no control over the situation,” she said.

Gym and

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APO-Fluconazole (fluconazole) Drug / Medicine Information

Contains the active ingredient fluconazole

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

Read this leaflet carefully before taking your medicine.

This leaflet answers some common questions about fluconazole. It does not contain all the available information. It does not
take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

The information in this leaflet was last updated on the date listed on the last page. More recent information on your medicine
may be available.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist:

if there is anything you do not understand in this leaflet,

if you are worried about taking your medicine, or

to obtain the most up-to-date information.

You can also download the most up to date leaflet from

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using this medicine against the benefits they
expect it will have for you.

Pharmaceutical companies cannot give you

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Foundation grants additional $625,000 for COVID-19 relief

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) has granted more than $625,000 to area for-impact organizations serving individuals, families, and communities most impacted by COVID-19. 
Hadley Streng is president of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.
The GHACF extended a challenge to the community to raise an initial $150,000, which the foundation matched. 

Due to increasing needs, the GHACF doubled the original match and extended the campaign which raised more than $300,000 (totaling more than $600,000 with the Restoring Hope Challenge Match).

“We are extremely grateful to all those who generously contributed to the Community Relief and Recovery Fund,” says Hadley Streng, President at the GHACF. “The continued care and compassion exemplified by community members, fundholders, and area businesses has been inspiring. We are also equally grateful to our partner organizations, who continue to do all that they can to provide critically important services to individuals within our community during

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COVID-19 and a summer of gun violence have hit Jane and Finch youth hard. A new mental health program is trying to help

Fifteen-year-olds Colin Kishundial and Saif Khan have called Toronto’s Jane  and Finch area home for the entirety of their young lives. 


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It’s a neighbourhood that has notoriously struggled with higher  rates of gun violence, higher  tenant eviction rates and more recently, higher  numbers of COVID-19 cases than the rest of the city.

But despite a challenging backdrop compounded by the physical and social  perils of a global  pandemic, youth like Kishundial and Khan say they are determined to succeed  in school and life afterward. They have ambitions of finishing their education,  becoming entrepreneurs and giving back to the community that raised them without  fear of violence or discrimination. 

It is why Black Creek Community Health Centre began its education support  program for youth three years ago, which Kishundial and Khan have been attending  since January after struggling academically and emotionally at their local  public Toronto schools.

And it

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JABS BY GINA aims to bring fun back into fitness

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Syracuse University graduate Gina DiNapoli is inspiring others to kickstart their fitness journeys with her workout program, JABS BY GINA.

Launched in 2018, JABS is a series of kickboxing-inspired workout classes aimed at making fitness enjoyable. Originally a one-style workout class, JABS has grown into a full-body workout program with over 10 different class formats ranging from kickboxing cardio to arms toning.

Each day there are four to eight classes that vary in schedule week to week. The program currently has around 5,000 active members across the U.S., most of them college students, DiNapoli said. JABS also has a college ambassador program with the goal of expanding to more students. DiNapoli took all the lessons she has learned about fitness over the years to create a “safe, effective and

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APO-Duloxetine (duloxetine) Drug / Medicine Information

Contains the active ingredient duloxetine (as duloxetine hydrochloride)

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain
all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor
or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking
this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine.

You may need to read it again.

What this medicine is used for

Duloxetine is used to treat:

major depressive disorder (MDD)

generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) – excessive worry

Duloxetine belongs to a group of medicines called serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake
inhibitors (SNRIs). SNRIs are believed to work by their action on serotonin and noradrenaline
in the

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What Is Genital Herpes? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

Herpes is an incurable, chronic infection, but it can be managed with medication and lifestyle modifications. Medications don’t wipe out the virus completely, but they can ease symptoms and lower the risk of transmission to another person.

Medication Options

Antiviral drugs are the primary way that genital herpes is treated. These medications can reduce the pain of genital sores during the initial outbreak, provide relief during later outbreaks, and make it less likely that you’ll infect any sexual partners with the virus. (8)

Three antiviral drugs are used for treating genital herpes:

“The three drugs are all basically the same medication. Their efficacy [effectiveness] is the same,” says Baill. The difference, she explains, is how often a person takes them.

According to the CDC, the recommendation for a first episode of genital herpes is to follow one of these dosing options:

  • Acyclovir 400 milligram (mg) orally three times a day
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